Ashes 2019: England skipper Joe Root believes that his England side has character in abundance

Ashes 2019: Joe Root and his men came back from behind to level the Ashes series 2-2 at the Oval
Ashes 2019: England skipper Joe Root believes that his England side has character in abundance
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Joe Root and his men won the final Test against Australia at The Oval by 135 runs to draw the Ashes series 2-2. Australia had already retained the Ashes urn after winning the fourth Test at Manchester. This was also the first time since 2001 that England have allowed an Australian side to regain the Ashes on their home turf since 2001.

Joe Root said, "It is Ashes cricket. Every game you turn up and you are playing for your country. It means so much to everyone. You can see at different periods someone wrestled it back into our favor."

After posting 294 in the first innings, England came back to bowl out Australia for 225 with pacer Jofra Archer picking up 6 wickets.

"For the first time in this series we felt in front of the game all of the way through. We have to get used to it more and more."

In the second innings, it was Joe Denly who made 94 to propel England to a competitive total. Despite, Matthew Wade's heroics, Australia failed to reach the 399 run target. Jack Leach picked up four wickets to help England level the series.

"I thought we were brilliant. To bounce back from a very difficult emotional week, to come and play in the manner we have, the team has character in abundance."

England have been criticized for their poor performance on home soil after their World Cup victory. Joe Root said, "This was more of a template of how to play moving forward. It's a step in the right direction. I am very proud of everyone's effort throughout the summer."

Up next, England will travel to New Zealand for 5 T20Is and 2 Tests in November.   

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